My garden may have produced small onions, but boy they are potent. You would have had a good laugh, if you were here to see my 14 year-old and I, cutting them up for the dehydrator.
She had goggles on, and I was trying to fan my eyes, but that failed. We had tears, and tears and more tears. Sorry for the bad, blurry photographs. We were laughing so hard at the time.
Words from my 14 year-old:
"Oh, I got it on my mouth, it stings!"
"Shake it off, shake if off.....I got this!"
"I will win this battle!"
"Ugh, this is sooooooooo painful"
"Mom, plug your nose and open your mouth. You can taste it!"
"Gosh Mom, stop laughing, you're gonna wet yourself!"
"Oh my eyeballs!"
"Why did I volunteer for this?!"
.....and we get to do this again a few more times.
With 4 trays of chopped onions, I filled one recycled spice jar, plus some in another, plus a 1/2 jar of onion flakes.
I ground the dried onions on a coffee grinder to make my onion powder. You can also dehydrate your onions in rings, but they will take longer to dehydrate.
This year was the first year to make either of these from garden bounty.
The goat fencing has been started again, but we lost our post hole digger. My guess is that the last person using it left it lay out there, and now it's buried in 5 feet of grass. We borrowed one until the goats get into their new fencing and start munching down the grass.
I've been searching for organic granny smith apples, but so far I am not locating any (unsprayed). I think next spring, I will be planting two granny smith apple trees (if not this fall). As a young girl, I learned how to make applesauce with my Grandparent's apples, using the stove top. Now I make it using a crock pot. I hope to share more recipes using granny smith apples this fall.
Today I am thankful for:
~the refund the school is giving me for overcharging fees on two of the girls - YAHOO!
~ for delicious, healthy honey
~allergy eye drops